Why People Are Up In Arms Over Google’s New Messaging App

By Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. When Google first announced its new artificial intelligence-powered Allo messaging app—intended to be an improvement over its many previous attempts at messaging, including Hangouts, Gchat, and Wave—it was lauded as a major step forward for consumer privacy. Allo’s messages would be encrypted, and an Incognito Mode option would offer end-to-end encryption. (Perhaps Google took a cue from Facebook, which added complete end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp messages earlier this year, just after Apple’s tussle with the F.B.I. over privacy.) Allo would also offer expiring messages, a la Snapchat and the Mark Cuban-founded disappearing-message platform Cyber Dust. If that sounded too good to privacy buffs to be true, it was. Back in May, when Allo was announced, Google said that instead of holding onto users’ conversations forever, Allo…


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